About the Author

Alison Palkhivala

Alison Palkhivala

Alison Palkhivala is an award-winning freelance writer and journalist specializing in lifestyle, health, and medicine. For nearly 20 years, she has worked with some of the online health world’s most high-profile players. While Alison has written about virtually everything health-related, from arthritis to zoster, her main passion is helping people better understand mental illness. Those suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses frequently lack the strength and resources to make sure their stories are heard and their suffering treated. They frequently become relegated to life’s margins, and everyone misses out on their potential contributions to a more caring and inclusive society. In that light, Palkhivala has worked with Belvoir on educational materials about depression and anxiety. She is also developing books about palliative care and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alison is active in her professional community and is a member of both the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC). Alison’s non-professional time is largely taken up with family life. She lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband and two children. She is active in her community, volunteering at her children’s school and with various local charitable endeavors. Her meager free time is spent reading and looking for lakes to swim in. She also enjoys the occasional Netflix marathon and playing Civilization on her Smartphone, to her family’s ongoing chagrin.

Articles by Alison Palkhivala

How to Overcome Depression

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How to Overcome Depression

Medications are most often used to treat depression and are thought to improve mood by adjusting levels of the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that contribute to depression symptoms.
Although these drugs can be very effective at combating depression, they can have side effects. They may also interact in negative ways with other

How to Help Someone with Depression

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How to Help Someone with Depression

Your intentions are good: You want to reach out to a friend or family member who’s showing serious signs of depression. But there isn’t always an easy answer for what to say, which actions to take, and, generally, on how to help someone with depression.
Your friend may not realize

Panic Disorder Symptoms: What They Could Mean

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Panic Disorder Symptoms: What They Could Mean

We typically hear about stress causing such conditions as a nervous breakdown or anxiety attack. But panic disorder symptoms can reflect a number of related conditions. Here are three to consider.
What Is Agoraphobia?
Agoraphobia is the fear of being exposed to any situation that produces significant anxiety or panic. Such situations

What Is Anxiety?

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What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety comes in different forms and produces different reactions. So to answer the question “What is anxiety?” we’ll take a look at various anxiety definitions, discussing causes and characteristics.
What Is Anxiety Disorder?
Someone with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) feels excessive anxiety or worry about a wide array of activities or events

30 Stress Symptoms You May Recognize

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30 Stress Symptoms You May Recognize

Look up the symptoms of stress and you’ll find well more than 50 that are typically cited in medical annals. That’s because stress affects every aspect of your bodily functioning, and everyone experiences and expresses stress differently.

Here are some of the most common stress symptoms:

Frequent headaches
Increased compulsive behaviors, like gambling